Developer: SUPERHOT Team
Publisher: SUPERHOT Team
Release date: 25 February, 2016
SUPERHOT is a first-person shooter developed and published by SUPERHOT team. This is the indie darling of the year, and it deserves most of the praise that it is getting.
The plot follows the same gist of many meta-games: you are playing as someone playing SUPERHOT, and someone starts writing weird messages to you. If you are familiar with other games such as Pony Island, the game has some decent tricks up its sleave, but, unfortunately, it feels very derivative and not as smart as the aformentioned product.
The game has an interesting art-style: white environments with red enemies and black/blu-ish objects. It all looks very polished, but it got kinda old after a while. Thankfully, some Challenges change the color scheme, giving some much needed variety.
The game is a first-person shooter where time moves only when you do, and later on you also unlock the ability to swap your body with an enemy’s. This is done extremely well, and you can’t but be amazed at how perfectly it was achieved by the developers. Bravo!
The only issue I have with the gameplay are the weapons: there are only a pistol, a double-barreled shotgun, a rifle and multiple melee weapons. But still, watching a real-time replay of what you just accomplished is very satisfying.
Dying with one hit makes the game very hard and quite frustrating in certain levels, but having more than one life would’ve trivialized the entire game. The AI is very smart and usually predicts where you are going to go, so that it can hit you always. After you got the hang on the controls, you can easily outsmart it, especially when knowing where enemies will spawn. The Challenges are also very fun to play, with different modifiers like Katana Only, Fists Only, Throws Kill and many more.
The soundtrack is your typical techno-pop music, and the sound effects are top notch, with sound warping when you move. The words said at the end of each level (SUPER HOT) are quite amusing at first, but they do get annoying after a while
The main game is very short: it took me under two hours to complete it. However, there are plenty more things to do that will keep you coming back more and more: Challenge mode, Endless mode, secret computers hidden in every level… A game musn’t be criticised only for the lenght of the main story, but on the rest of the content as well. And here, there’s plenty of fun to be had.
Overall, SUPERHOT is a very innovative and polished game that will appeal to most gamers. If you are here for the story, however, you will be disappointed by its short lenght and its expensive price. A must-buy when at 15$.